Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Yanks welcome Uganda LL team
By Ian Begley
Joe Girardi poses with Team Uganda.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was just like anyone else who watched Team Uganda in the Little League World Series last week.
"It was truly amazing," Girardi said. "It's a bunch of kids that really just started to play the game and to be able to make it to the (Little League) World Series and compete at a very high level is truly remarkable."
Girardi got the chance to meet Team Uganda in person on Wednesday. The youngsters toured the Stadium before the Yankees' game against Toronto, with Girardi serving as a tour guide.
"I just tried to show them around a little bit, spend a little time with them," Girardi said. "It's a wonderful story. It takes everyone back to our Little League days."
The Ugandan team made history in Williamsport, Pa., when it became the first African team to win a game in the World Series.
The Ugandans beat a team from Oregon in a consolation game last Tuesday.
Uganda coach Henry Odong called that win a "great accomplishment."
On Wednesday, he said the team's trip to Yankee Stadium was the opportunity of a lifetime.
"We never expected it," Odong said.
The team toured the clubhouse and hung out on the field during batting practice, chatting with players and getting autographs. Earlier in the week, Team Japan took the same tour of the Stadium.